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Alexander Skarsgard & More In The Mix To Replace Charlie Hunnam In 'Fifty Shades Of Grey'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 14, 2013 4:42 PM
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FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, JAMIE DORNAN
Over the weekend the highly anticipated, big screen adaptation of your Aunt's favorite piece of erotica, "Fifty Shades Of Grey," hit a major bump in the road. Charlie Hunnam, slated to play Christian Grey, suddenly dropped out of the movie, citing an "immersive TV schedule" that wouldn't let him adequately prepare for the part. Immediately, suspicion was cast on the studio sanctioned reasoning—surely he was aware of his TV schedule? what kind of deep preparation does anyone need for this movie?—and naturally, today comes further rumors.

A Dozen New Photos Of Brit Marling, Ellen Page & Alexander Skarsgard In 'The East'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 17, 2013 3:30 PM
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The East, Brit Marling
It’s a testament to the talents of Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling -- the writer/director and lead star of the Sundance hit, "The Sound of My Voice" -- that their indie thriller doesn’t look too out of place with its competition, especially during the crowded months of summer. The stylish thriller hits theaters at the end of the month, and a dozen new photos have arrived online via Fox Searchlight.

Review: 'What Maisie Knew' Is Deeply Affecting, Hard To Watch

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 2, 2013 5:02 PM
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What Maisie Knew
It’s often an easy way to handicap your film, by centering it on a child character and demanding a great deal from the young actor. By definition, children are not fully-formed people, but a character in a film must be either fully-formed to yield proper dramatic results, or so uniquely authentic that it’s like catching chaos in a bottle, an approach that can create a serious cognitive dissonance when youth collides with seasoned actors. Remarkably, such chaos is present in young Onata Aprile, the title character of “What Maisie Knew,” an affecting new contemporary drama that never once feels phony when the camera is fixed on her face.

Review: ‘Disconnect’ Is ‘Crash’ For The Web Era, And Even More Dismal Than That Sounds

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 12, 2013 2:39 PM
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Many writers say they prefer not to start the writing process with a theme in mind – they simply let it emerge organically from their plot or characters. But then, plenty of films have gone the other way. The multi-strand, interconnected drama revolving around a particular subject or theme, like Steven Soderbergh’s take on the war on drugs in “Traffic,” or Paul Thomas Anderson’s examination of coincidence and happenstance in “Magnolia,” have proved particularly popular in recent years. And given that they garlanded financial and critical success, it makes sense that others have set out to follow in their footsteps.

Warner Bros. Shutting Down 'Tarzan' Production Office, Might Try To Make It In 2014

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 10, 2013 4:26 PM
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Looks like Warner Bros. is pulling an "Akira," "Paradise Lost" and "Arthur & Lancelot" on "Tarzan." The studio, which famously shut down all of those aforementioned films while they were in pre-production, is doing the same thing with "Tarzan" for pretty much same reason: money, money, money.

Review: '13' Remake Proves To Be One Unlucky Number (To Put It Mildly)

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 27, 2011 8:21 AM
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It’s unfortunate, but there’s a Movie Content Hierarchy. Great filmmakers don’t pretend this exists -- Darren Aronofsky makes a horror movie and genre-hating critics love it, and former Fangoria mainstay David Cronenberg maintains his integrity and themes of perversion and body modification while becoming a boutique festival filmmaker. But more often than not, directors, screenwriter and producers are beholden to the unimaginative thought of “this is how it is meant to be done.” More specifically, films from other parts of the world, particularly smaller ones, have their own vocabulary, their own rhythms and idiosyncrasies. Gela Babluani’s “13 Tzameti” is one of those films, a slow burn thriller from France shot in stark black and white and featuring minimal accoutrement in terms of score, outsized performances, or onscreen violence. It’s a picture that aims low but with laser-sharp precision, to the point where you felt that Babluani was a major storytelling talent with little affection for sentimentality or empty showmanship.

Alexander Skarsgård Says His Dad Encouraged Him To Work With Lars Von Trier

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 5, 2011 7:18 AM
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While Lars von Trier might get himself into trouble with everybody else and may have ruffled the feathers of Björk, who swore off acting after starring in "Dancer In the Dark," the Danish auteur has a small stable of actors who continue to return to his films. The promise of working on a set that is unlike anything else they will ever experience is a lure and coupled with the director's ambitious and at times outrageous concepts, it's just too good to resist. But for rising star Alexander Skarsgård, he received firsthand knowledge from someone very close to him who is one of von Trier's most frequent collaborators.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ryan Gosling & Alexander Skarsgård Reportedly Wishlisted For 'Man From UNCLE'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 16, 2011 1:50 AM
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Plus Our Five Suggestions For Potential Replacements For George Clooney In The FilmWith his virus thriller "Contagion" riding on top of the box office (and causing an epidemic of O.C.D. hand-washing from anyone who's seen it), Steven Soderbergh's about to shoot his next film, the male-stripper drama "Magic Mike." But talk has already turned to his next, next film, "The Man From U.N.C.L.E," the second of three he plans to shoot before taking a sabbatical. That film, slated to go in front of cameras in February, hit something of a roadblock a few weeks back when Soderbergh's regular collaborator George Clooney was forced to drop out of the lead role.

Alexander Skarsgård Will 'Disconnect' In New Film From 'Murderball' Director Henry-Alex Rubin

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 25, 2011 4:23 AM
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It seems Alexander Skarsgård is making the most of his time off from fang banging in "True Blood." The actor is currently shooting the indie flick “What Maisie Knew” with Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan, he just lined up "The East" with Brit Marling and now he's added another project to his slate from a director we haven't heard from in a while.

Alexander Skarsgård Headed To Brit Marling & Zal Batmanglij's 'The East'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2011 2:28 AM
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Swede Alexander Skarsgård first made his talent known on this side of the ocean as Sgt. Brad 'Iceman' Colbert in HBO's "Generation Kill" but these days he's better known as the devilishly handsome Eric Northman on "True Blood." Though he's yet to make a major presence on the big screen, he's got a few projects hitting theaters in the next little while that should bring more attention to the actor from those who don't watch the vampire series. Next month he'll be one of the main antagonists in the "Straw Dogs" remake and later this fall, he'll appear opposite Kirsten Dunst in a brief role in Lars Von Trier's "Melancholia" while next summer he'll yell "H5!" (or something) in the bloated blockbuster "Battleship." And while he's trying to get the viking pic "The Vanguard" off the ground over at Warner Bros. he's making a smart play for his next movie role.

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